Quality eLine Newsletter
March 2005
Vol. 7, No. 03

Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly newsletter from PQ Systems, Inc., developers of software products and training services that help organizations improve their processes and products and achieve compliance to standards. This newsletter gives you industry news, case studies, and information about product enhancements and tips to enhance your software use.

In this issue you will find:


GAGEpack EZ release enhances maintenance management, reports
Increasing emphasis on keeping accurate maintenance records can be accommodated in the release of GAGEpack EZ, with bar code support and enhanced reporting functions. See more features at http://www.pqsystems.com/eline/2005/03/gagepack.htm

Quality Quiz: Another quiz from Professor Cleary--and last month’s winners!
Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement by Jackie Graham, Ph.D., and Michael J. Cleary, Ph.D: Doug Chapman (Galaxy, Inc.); Jean Crep (Range Regional Health Services); Wade Dickens (Wellman, Inc.) Michelle Henderson (Shaw Environmental, Inc.); and Vickie Holthaus (Carle Foundation Hospital). For March’s quiz, go to http://www.pqsystems.com/eline/2005/03/Quality_Quiz.htm.


Six Sigma and More: David Schwinn's advice: "Pass it on."
This month, David ruminates on what he's learned and where he's learned it. Who helped you to understand systems? Go to Six Sigma and more. http://www.pqsystems.com/eline/2005/03/sixsigmaandmore.htm.

Data in everyday life: What's the top dog? DATAjogger charts top breeds
The Westminster Kennel Club show may identify the best-trained dogs. But which are the most popular breeds? This DATAjogger Pareto shows the top ten. Is your mutt here? Find out at http://www.pqsystems.com/eline/2005/03/chartsyoucanuse.htm.


Bytes and pieces:
  • Baldridge hits 1,000: The Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award Program will receive its 1,000th application in 2005. To date, the total number of applicants since 1998 is 999. To see a breakdown of those who have applied, go to: Baldrige

  • ISO for Social Responsibility: The International Organization for Standardization Technical Management Board is circulating a new work item proposal for an ISO Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility. Learn about how you can provide your input by going here.

  • Scholarship opportunity: ASQ is accepting applications for the Richard A. Fruend Scholarship for graduate study of the theory and application of quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement, and total quality management. For more information: http://www.asq.org/join/about/awards/freundscholar.html


Current versions of software: To determine the most recent version of PQ Systems' primary software products, check Help/PQ on the web/check for updates on your program (for SQCpack, GAGEpack, and CHARTrunner). To review current maintenance downloads and version numbers for all PQ Systems software, go to: http://www.pqsystems.com/support/SoftwareUpdates.php


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